Why Corporate Prayer?

John Turner
April 26, 2018

Prayer may be the most powerful tool that we have as believers in Christ. It is the means by which we have direct communication with God. Knowing that there are things over which we have no control and areas in which we are deficient, we use prayer to petition God to take action. Understanding that the arm of the Lord spans over all things, I have chosen to lead prayer gatherings at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights in the CSC library. The prayer gathering starts off with an introductory prayer in which the prayer requests from the box are prayed for. After the introduction we move into the focal point for the week; the focal point changes each week. An example of our focus would be the growth of the church over in Iran, or the hardships that our brothers and sisters are enduring in Syria as well as domestic issues that ought to be addressed through prayer. The prayer gathering ends with soliciting prayer requests and praise reports from those who have come to the gathering along with praying a blessing over the CSC House.

You’re probably thinking, “Why should I go to the prayer gathering?” We should always keep in mind that we have an “accuser” as followers of Christ. Even though we fortify ourselves through reading the Word, fasting, praying, etc…he will not cease to vex us. Be that as it may, Revelations 12:11 states that this accuser is overcome, “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of testimony,” which refers to our praise reports. We have all faced or will face difficult circumstances, and the struggles we face are more similar to each other than we often expect. Hearing one’s testimony about how God helped someone overcome a struggle similar to yours can give you hope and increase your faith that God will help bring you through your own situation. Something else that should convince you all to come to the prayer gathering is that Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” In the presence of God, we will find joy, peace, power, healing, refuge, His incomprehensible love, and no room for worry. We find that we are edified when we see that others stand in agreeance with us waiting for God to show himself strong on behalf of our petitions.

If and when possible, I strongly encourage you all to attend a prayer gathering. I know that we are busy with our studies, so not being able to come often is understandable. Remember that the prayer request box is sitting on the table in the north lobby of the CSC House even through the summer. I hope to see a few more faces once in a while, but it will still be alright if I don’t. Take care, and God bless.